Okawa Bkub is the author of Pop Team Epic (Poputepipic), the famous manga which is serialized on Manga Life WIN. Its LINE stamps and original goods are quite popular among otaku. Bkub has started a new manga series!
— フィール・ヤング編集部 (@FEELYOUNG_ed) February 8, 2017
【FEEL YOUNG March Issue has been Released Today】
Pop Team Epic’s Author Releases New Series!/Okawa Bkub’s Neo Naon Universe
What will happen if a girl says, ‘You know, I’m always straightforward like a boy, right?’
(1)The listener agrees by saying, ‘Yeah, it’s a good thing!’
(2) The listener kindly disagrees by saying, ‘No, you’re very womanly.’
(3) The listener stabs her with a harpoon.
The new series titled Neo Naon Universe was released on February 7 in the March issue of FEEL YOUNG (Shodensha), the manga magazine for women.
One of Pop Team Epic’s distinctive factors is that it includes many parodies and jokes from the internet, and it is loved for the characters’ cynical and bitter lines.
Neo Naon Universe might give us another chance to enjoy Bkub’s cynical jokes! I couldn’t wait to read it, so I myself went to the book store and bought FEEL YOUNG.
On the cover of the magazine, it was written ‘Pop Team Epic’s Bkub starts a Short New Series!’ with big letters, and this headline was standing out more than the headline for Erika Sakurazawa’s popular series Ballet Russes.
I turned the pages feeling so anxious to read, but… I couldn’t find Bkub’s manga anywhere.
I went through the magazine several times, and when I finally found Neo Naon Universe, I was very surprised. The series was a 4-koma manga on just one page .
One page…? No wonder I couldn’t find it.
The punch lines and the ending of the story seemed softer than Pop Team Epic, but Bkub’s sense of humor was still there, and it made me giggle. In fact, KAI-YOU’s editing staff were all smiling after reading it.
Of course, Bkub might be just warming up, checking the reactions of the readers first. Thinking of the tone of the magazine, it might be challenging for Bkub to include jokes of absurdity and parodies. Let’s hope that this new series will be long-lasting, without making the characters go through any more pain, and without Shodensha’s reputation to get ruined like Takeshobo.
— とぐろになるまい (@namafy) February 8, 2017
Neo Naon Universe has such a good title. I’m thrilled.
On Twitter, there have been comments praising the way the title sounds. I agree. It’s very catchy when you say it out loud.
There is just one problem. Considering the fact that Pop Team Epic’s comic book was made up of 118 pages and the fact that FEEL YOUNG is a monthly magazine, it would take about a decade for Neo Naon Universe to be published in book form if it keeps this pace. Let’s hope the series will gain more popularity and the pages will increase per issue!
On Magazine Data 2017 (2016 Version, Japan Magazine Publishers Association) which gives reports on data such as magazine circulations, FEEL YOUNG’s chief editor Mayumi Tanabe commented, ‘FEEL YOUNG is a magazine with writers who are loved by fashionable Ara-Saa (Around 30) Girls,’ and the magazine has an average circulation of 18,050.
Will Okawa Bkub’s cynical jokes be able to grab the hearts of the 18,050 fashionable Ara-Saa Girls?
— K成 (@ame_kimagure) February 8, 2017
Shuuzou Oshimi’s new one-shot manga Waltz has finally been released in FEEL YOUNG! It is the first time Oshimi has written a story for a girl’s magazine, and the two main characters are a cute girl and a trap (a boy dressed as a girl)! Of course, these two characters are living in the world of Oshimi so it is definitely going to be a great story! Check it out! Trial Reading→https://t.co/VPcpdOTJX6 pic.twitter.com/zf6YyhhsSv
For those Bkub fans who are hesitating to buy the magazine thinking, ‘Hmm, just one page isn’t enough’, Shuuzou Oshimi, the author of Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil) and Happiness, has released a one-shot manga titled Waltz in the March issue of FEEL YOUNG, and it is a masterpiece!
The characters all have a twist in their hearts, and the story puts the spotlight on each of their feelings. Also, the scene of the trap boy saying ‘sorry’ with his nose bleeding leaves a strong impact on the readers.
It will definitely become a story you would want to read over and over again! I strongly recommend it!